What’s an affordable gift to help your hearing? Will whatever you buy interfere with current hearing aids or devices? Should you stay away from hearing-related gifts completely?
It’s almost time to start (or finish!) your seasonal shopping, but if you or someone you know has hearing loss, that perfect gift could be causing a holiday-sized headache. That’s where our holiday hearing gift guide can help.
Gifts to Help Hearing
A lot of hearing technology is pricey. Personal FM systems or assistive listening devices can be a bit steep to buy without professional input. The CaptionCall telephone, however, can make a great surprise. Easy to use, the CaptionCall is designed specifically for the hard of hearing, a phone with a display of scrolling text so you can “better understand the conversation.”
Phone apps make great under-the-radar presents. Apps can help with hearing aid connectivity (such as the Oticon ON App), speech to text, sound application, and decibel readings. Get a few and turn your phone into a traveling hearing center.
For some perspective, consider a book about the challenges or landscapes of hearing loss. From self-help to fiction, Goodreads has a list to start.
For more ideas, check out HearingLikeMe’s great blog about hearing-specific gear. They cover everything from toys to travel pouches to film recommendations.
Or maybe you can create and print out a hand-made gift card or coupon, one that might say something like: “Redeem for one trip to the audiologist.” That way, you or your loved one can — at your convenience — head on in and test the latest in hearing healthcare technology, tune-up your existing devices, or stock up on small accessories and batteries.
If you are interested in hearing aid accessories, Oticon has a ton of options. Everything from connect-clips to remote controls and tv listening solutions.
Gifts for the Hard of Hearing
If you want to buy something a little less hearing-centric, there are still plenty of options.
Consider a gift card to a movie theater, especially one known to have top-of-the-line ADA-compliant and assistive listening options. Seeing a movie can be the perfect activity for someone hard of hearing. If movies aren’t their thing, a music venue or future tickets to an outdoor concert may be just what you’re looking for.
If looking to take your or their mind off hearing for a little, consider something that will keep socialization and interaction strong. Maybe a membership to a museum or even a set of paints and a portable easel.
If you have any suggestions or gift ideas, please let us know. With your permission, we’ll include them at the bottom of this holiday hearing gift guide.